Escape Room: Weight Code
Create a code by the weights of various items. For example, if a 5 pound bag of sugar weighs 5 pounds (obviously), put a letter ‘A’ in a conspicuous spot on the bag. When the players weigh the bag, it means A=5. If you had a 10 lb item, put a ‘B’ on it that looks like the A – meaning if you use a bright pink sticker, use the same bright pink sticker for the B so it looks like it belongs together. Then, the players are to weigh the B to get 10 and therefore, B=10 and so on until they have decoded the 'number message.'
You’ll need to have as many items as there are letters in your message. Make sure your scale rounds up – and don’t allow it to read decimals, so you can use whole numbers in your code. If your scale won’t round up, simply put a note by the scale for the players to round up the numbers.
For example, if your message is 3-1-5-10 4 2-8-8-7
And it is decoded as 'Find a Book.' You could find items of various weights and make the code:
A=4 (64 oz Ketchup bottle, small bag of dog food, medium pumpkin)
B=2 (a pineapple, 32 oz. of water, 1L bottle of soda)
D=10 (large sack of potatoes, large bottle of laundry detergent)
I= 1 (can of beans, block of butter, single baseball, football, book)
F= 3 (steam iron, box of wine, can of Crisco)
K=7 (medium sack of potatoes)
N=5 (Mr. Coffee 12-cup coffee maker, bag of sugar, 2L bottle of soda)
O=8 (gallon of water or milk)
Props needed for this scenario:
A kitchen / food scale
You will need an item of a specific weight for each letter of your code. The items must fit on your scale, so this may take some trial and error to choose your items.
Stickers to mark the letters of all the same color (ex: you can get bright neon sticker dots and write the letters you need on them and stick to the items)